Austin Latino Theater Alliance peresents annual play, ‘La Pastorela’

The Austin Latino Theater Alliance (ALTA) and sponsor “El Taquito Sabor a Mexico” invite everyone to sit and watch their comedic play, enjoy the holiday spirit, and absorb the family filled aura where the community comes together to celebrate. With 14 years of Austin holiday tradition, ALTA presents their annual La Pastorela Christmas play where morals and family values are taught through humor and tradition. The classic La Pastorela brings a “novela” theme to their annual show titled La PastoreNovela.

This year’s play is a Latin “soap opera”comedy with a contemporary feel to the traditional Yuletide play. La PastoreNovela brings the original Yuletide traditions with the shepherd’s journey of evil and unfortunate encounters that keep them from having a peaceful destination. Writer Miguel A. Santana returns with a new witty play La PastoreNovela that focuses about a family who experiences misfortunes, sticky situations, and personality differences that they must overcome together. With the help of eleven actors, Director Alejandro Pedemonte, and writer Miguel A. Santana bring the community of Austin a family filled show. The cast includes well-known actors such as Mario Zamora, Karla Longnion, Diego Villarreal, Anjanette Gautier and Trini Martinez, and up-and-coming actors appearing with ALTA  Mirta Marella, Barbara Mojica, Veronica Pomata, Juan Cuspinera, Monica Fossi and Alfonso Gutierrez. Check out their teaser below.

Shows will begin Nov. 30 and end Dec. 15. Performances will be held only Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. A special and one-time matinee is set on Saturday Dec. 8 at 4 p.m with the original evening showing at 8 p.m. La PastoreNovela production is located at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexico-American Culture Center (MACC), 600 River St. Austin, Tx 78702. Ticket prices for general admission are $18 but for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more people are $13. Tickets can be purchased through all branches of El Taquito, Sabor Mexico, Eventbrite, or ALTA or at the theater entrance. On Wednesday Dec. 12 ALTA and LupeARTE celebrate the Posada holiday tradition at 6 p.m. at the MACC. La PastoreNovela will start at it’s scheduled time 8 p.m. The ticket for this performance will be a food donation to benefit the Food Bank at El Buen Samaritano.

Alyssa Morin

Alyssa Morin is an aspiring broadcast journalist and the vice president of the U.T. Hispanic Journalist organization. Morin is an entertainment beat writer for Red River Noise and Austin Vida.

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